Pipeline ready to serve 250,000 people

SAWS sewer line to serve 250,000 residents

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Water Systems on Thursday celebrated the completion of a project that will bring much-needed infrastructure to far south San Antonio.

There is now 32 miles of sewer line, from 2 feet to 8 feet in diameter, that links parts of far-west and south San Antonio to the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center.

"We are flushed with excitement at your presence," said Robert Puente, president and CEO of SAWS, using a little potty humor to open the ceremony.

The line does has some serious implications, though.

"We have been waiting for this for decades, so it is a great moment to celebrate for our community," said Ron Nirenberg, District 8 councilman.

The South Side can boast about the Eagle Ford shale, Texas A&M and Toyota. When the truck builder set up its site, they figured something like this would eventually take place.

"We knew something would happen down here, it was going to change the face of the South Side. Today here we are; we're ready for growth," said Berto Guerra, SAWS chairman and owner.

That growth means businesses and communities.

"This is what we are doing today: creating opportunity for business development, which creates jobs, and that changes lives," Guerra said.

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